Doremi Cinema has announced that its DCP-2000 JPEG2000 Digital Cinema Server has been approved as a licensee of Dolby 3D Digital Cinema giving exhibitors even more options when screening 3D content. As an early pioneer in digital cinema Doremi has been very committed to developing flexible playback solutions for theatre owners says Michael Archer vice president of Doremi Digital Cinema. We are fortunate to partner with technology companies like Dolby whose 3D technology further propels the incredible popularity and growth of digital cinema.
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JVC has announced an agreement with Sensio Technologies to join forces and offer what the manufacturers are calling “the very first high-end 3D solution available on the consumer market.” The entirely new product is designed to allow consumers to watch 3D at home by combining two of JVC's D-ILA projectors and a media server integrating the Sensio 3D decoding technology.
Peace Arch Entertainment Group an integrated global entertainment company has announced that Telefilm Canada has made Peace Arch Releasing eligible for the Canadian Feature Film Marketing Fund. The federal culture agency’s official recognition of Peace Arch’s theatrical distribution arm will permit the company to seek financial support for the domestic release of Canadian-produced films.
S3 Entertainment Group of Ferndale Michigan has teamed up with Yessian Music/Dragon Licks Detroit to form Michigan Music Licensing. S3 managing partner Jeffrey Spilman and Yessian president Michael Yessian jointly made the announcement. Michigan Music Licensing will provide clients with a one-stop solution to license enhance edit mix or rearrange songs for feature film and television productions. The company will now offer productions the highest tax incentive in the country an average of 40 percent when utilizing their Michigan-based music and licensing.
Schneider Optics has introduced a line of Century HD lens add-ons for Sony's new PMW-EX3 camcorder. These attachments are designed to expand the capabilities of the Fujinon 14x lens supplied with the camera. Operators can increase the field of view with no loss of ability to zoom instantly shift the focal range to telephoto when needed or enjoy the ultra wide angle of view and remarkable barrel distortion of the widest fisheye.
LaserPacific Media Corporation has announced the formation of a new team and business unit to focus on digital motion picture mastering and re-mastering. With this expanded capability LaserPacific CEO Brian Burr also announced the appointment of Ron Burdett as general manager of the mastering unit and Lou Levinson as the supervising colorist - mastering among others. Burr says the company has added some of the industry's most capable and accomplished operations and creative talent to its team.
Digital cinema service company XDC and ZON Lusomundo the largest cinema chain in Portugal have signed an exclusive agreement for the deployment of digital cinema systems in 180 of ZON Lusomundo's cinema screens in Portugal. The agreement includes the roll out of DCI-compliant projection systems co-financed by the Virtual Print Fee model. The rollout is scheduled to begin in January with an initial commitment of 100 screens throughout the rest of the year.
With the release of the P2 HD Panasonic HPX170 HD camera package maker Zacuto announces nine kits that transform cameras into a camera package for use with the camera or in conjunction with a depth of field adapter. The new HPX170 will work with all existing Zacuto kits.
IndiePix has announced that following its partnership with The Cinema Guild earlier this year The Axe in the Attic a candid documentary that captures the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina just days after it struck is now available to educational institutions. The Axe in the Attic shows the physical devastation as the hurricane hit but also the dignity humor and perseverance of thousands of evacuees who three years on continue to piece their communities back together. It is available to schools universities and public libraries across the U.S.
Winner of the 2009 American Society of Cinematographers Presidents Award Isidore Mankofsky will be given the American Society of Cinematographers President Award when the association gathers for its 23rd Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards in Hollywood on February 15 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. Mankofsky spoke with us. Mankofsky began his career making documentaries and shooting newsfilm at a television station in Reno Nevada. He made over 100 educational films at Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Films before segueing into narrative filmmaking.
The coming year promises in many ways to be a make or break year for digital 3D in movies. Current plans call for Hollywood to release 25 or more 3D titles in 2009. That amounts to a 3D release every other week although the studios being the studios it might be more appropriate to preview this as the Summer of Too Many 3D Movies All at Once. That discussion is for another day. Can all of these movies possibly succeed? Will 3D prove to be a fad yet again? In my mind before we can answer those two questions there are a long list of other questions that must be answered first.
The Problems of Defining When a Movie Can’t Play By Michael Karagosian Editor’s Note: We are pleased to welcome Michael Karagosian as a regular contributor to Digital Cinema Report. Michael is founder and president of MKPE Consulting LLC a Los Angeles-based consultancy in the entertainment industry. It’s fair to say that he is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world on the subject of digital cinema. In his first column he looks at the challenges of dealing with ever-changing specifications. The opinions Michael expresses here are his own.
An Independent Feature Gets a Red Carpet Premiere Revscope Pictures is hosting a Hollywood style movie premiere for the release of Silent a gothic-comedy about an outlandish girl who is cursed with a 'real' voice in a silent-film world. The screening will take place on November 16 at the renowned Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum.
JVC Sensio Co-Develop 3D Technology for the Home
An Ongoing Series of Articles on Screenwriting by an Award-Winning Filmmaker By Donald Vasicek Editor’s Note: We are pleased to welcome Don Vasicek as a regular contributor to Digital Cinema Report. Don is an author and is the producer director and writer of the award-winning documentary The Sand Creek Massacre. His current project Ghosts of Sand Creek a two-hour six-episode documentary film about the descendants and ancestors of the Sand Creek Massacre which occurred on November 29 1864 in the southeastern Colorado Territory is in development.
Digital Signage Market Growth Continues The penetration of digital signage applications in business-to-business settings continues to grow as the market consumed 1.1 million displays in 2008 according to MultiMedia Intelligence. This is an increase of display shipments of 34 percent over 2007. By 2012 the market will consume nearly 2.3 million displays the company estimates. Digital signage is the next evolution of multi-platform advertising says Frank Dickson chief research officer with MultiMedia Intelligence.
A New Generation of Moviegoers Discovers the Value of the Drive-in By Wendy Carlson When Thomas Intrier searched the Internet for an outdoor movie theatre he came across the Pleasant Valley Drive-In. Just a bend-in-the road in the state’s northwest corner it was a two-hour drive from his Greenwich Connecticut home. But for Intrier 49 the trek was worth it to share a slice of Americana with his children. Drive-ins a roadside icon that turned 75 this year are fewer and farther between these days.
New Independent Film Finds Success in Non-Traditional Distribution Fireproof an action and love story about fighting fires and marital demons from Sherwood Pictures in Albany Georgia opened recently with little advance marketing and has gone on to earn $6.8 million and the number four slot at the box office.
AVIE in 3D at Shanghai’s eArts Festival Last month’s eArts Festival in Shanghai offered a three-week program of events performances and 3D installations uniting artists from all over the world and creating a fusion of art and new technology. The activities took place across a range of venues each with its own theme. At the Shanghai Science & Technology Museum the theme was eLandscapes where the Advanced Visualization and Interaction Environment was displayed.
Lowry Digital Restores The Robe The Oscar-winning classic motion picture The Robe has been digitally restored by Lowry Digital utilizing the company's proprietary Lowry Process to create pristine new picture elements that maintain the visual intentions of the original masterpiece produced in 1953. The restored film premiered at the Rome International Film Festival on October 30 as part of the festival's ongoing partnership with The Film Foundation. The restoration was a collaboration between the Academy Film Archive and 20th Century Fox with funding from The Film Foundation.